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by iandsmith

It was the first thing I ever remember about Rome. It stuck out in its glory and stood resplendent in the morning sunshine as we sipped out tea in Piazza Venezia. During the 11/2 hours we had in Rome two years before we reckoned this was special.
The museum has artifacts such as Garibaldi's sword and a film of Italians fighting called "Gloria" which will give you the general idea of what you may find there.
For all that it is a splendid building and, in some ways I'm ashamed to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The power of its architecture is sustained throughout all levels and it is a building that can be viewed from all sides with each one giving a different perspective and offering something you hadn't noticed before, such as Neptune's fountain.
If you want his history, here it is, "First King of united Italy. His father was King Charles Albert of Piedmont-Sardinia. In 1849, Charles Albert abdicated and his son became King Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia. The new King championed Italian unification under the leadership of Prime Minister Camillo Cavour. With the assistance of Emperor Napoleon III, Sardinia fought Austria and received the Austrian territories in Italy. The King was active in the war by commanding the troops in the Battles of Magenta and Solferino. King Victor Emmanuel II supported Giuseppe Garibaldi's conquest of the Bourbon held Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the Papal States. Victor Emmanuel II became King of Italy in 1861. Rome and Venetia subsequently joined the Kingdom of Italy. In 1842 he was married to a cousin, Maria Adelaide of Habsburg and had children including: Marie Clotilde who married Napoleon Joseph (the Prince Napoleon). Their grandson Louis was the pretender of Bonaparte. Umberto, later King of Italy,
Amedeo, later King of Spain and Maria Pia married Louis of Portugal."

Address: Piazza Venezia

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2010
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